cor·​ti·​cal | \ ˈkȯr-ti-kəl How to pronounce cortical (audio) \

Definition of cortical

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of cortex
2 : involving or resulting from the action or condition of the cerebral cortex

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cortically \ ˈkȯr-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cortically (audio) \ adverb

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That includes evidence suggesting meditation may protect the brain from normal cortical thinning (a sign of cognitive aging) and improve cognitive performance in elderly people. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health," 11 Sep. 2018 Something felt unbalanced, as if a stealth assault had been made on the limbic system, the lacy cortical network that forms the architecture of our primal needs and emotions: pleasure, anger, fear. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 The latest is called cortical spreading depression, which refers to a spontaneous electrical wave that travels through the brain’s cortex. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 Their plan to pose as Chinese envoys very predictably fails, especially since the Shogun appears to be pulling a Bernard and leaking cortical fluid out of his ears., "Westworld Season 2, Episode 5 Recap: Maeve vs. Dolores," 21 May 2018 Their minds are stored on plastic eggs swimming in an artificial cortical soup in their heads, easily swapped out or updated whenever necessary. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Westworld and the Question of Immortality," 13 May 2018 So don’t even think about fixing yourself a drone host milkshake or a cortical fluid syringe cocktail yet. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About Westworld Season 3," 25 June 2018 Moreover, it was found that brown bears and cats had the the same number of cortical neurons. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Study Says Dogs Are Actually Smarter Than Cats," 18 June 2018 The scans also make clear that paying attention requires more effort and that these patients’ cortical structures show both early and long-term losses in volume. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of cortical

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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cor·​ti·​cal | \ ˈkȯrt-i-kəl How to pronounce cortical (audio) \

Medical Definition of cortical

1 : of, relating to, or consisting of cortex cortical tissue
2 : involving or resulting from the action or condition of the cerebral cortex cortical blindness

Other Words from cortical

cortically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cortically (audio) \ adverb

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